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Immigration Conference 2012: A Global Perspective

Apr 13th, 2012

Vatican’s Permanent Observer to the U.N. Keynotes
Owing to a last-minute scheduling conflict for Archbishop Chullikatt, the Immigration Conference is rescheduled for Friday, June 29.

Surveillance trucks, unmanned aerial drones, and border patrollers with night-vision goggles can’t overcome the lure of a “Help Wanted” sign. Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations, will bring a global and human perspective to the 2012 Immigration Conference sponsored by the Human Rights Office of the Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph, on Friday, June 29, at Avila University. 

Archbishop Cullikatt’s keynote address sets as its foundation the concern of the Catholic Church for the welfare of migrants. Based on the human rights and dignity of each person, the Church historically has advocated for immigration reform on humanitarian principles.

With a ministry that has spanned five continents, Archbishop Chullikatt is a native of Bolghatty, India.  An outspoken advocate of human rights and the rights of Christians, he has served as apostolic nuncio to Iraq and Jordan.
Ordained in 1978 as a priest for the Diocese of Verapoly, Archbishop Chullikatt later received a doctorate in Canon Law and entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1988.  He has served in the Secretariat of State in the Vatican, in Honduras, various countries in southern Africa, and the Philippines.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Chullikatt Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York in July 2010. As a non-member observer state, the Holy See enjoys the rights of other members but cannot vote on U.N. General Assembly resolutions.

“Archbishop Chullikatt’s address -- Migration:  A Global Perspective -- comes at a critical time in the national immigration debate,” said Diocesan Director of Human Rights Jude Huntz. “As Congress has failed to advance a unified national solution, many state and local governments are stepping in to fill the void,” he said. “Often, these policies are harmful to immigrant families and communities.”

Conference activities begin with prayer at 9:30 a.m., in Foyle Hall, at Avila University, 11901 Wornall, in Kansas City. Participants may choose from a range of workshops conducted by front line social service providers who work with immigrant people in the region. Workshops conducted by El Centro, the Westside CAN Center, Jewish Vocational Services, Catholic Charities, Renewal Forum and the Migrant Farm Worker Project.

Immigration Conference events are free but registration is required. For further information, please contact Rebecca Hinman, at (816) 75-1858, ext. 532.

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